17 Side Dishes You Can Serve With Corned Beef

Let’s face it, there are few meals that can beat corned beef when it comes to hearty comfort food. With a perfectly balanced spiced, salty, meaty, and slightly sour flavor, corned beef has so much to offer.

17 Side Dishes You Can Serve With Corned Beef

Aside from tasting pretty great, corned beef is also extremely versatile. In fact, we can serve corned beef with virtually anything.

So much so, deciding which side dish to make to serve alongside your corned beef can be tough. There are simply far too many great options to choose from.

That’s where we come in. To make your life easier and to give you some much-needed inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite corned beef side dishes. In this post, we’ll take you through our list.

We have 17 recipes to look at so we better get started!

1. CrockPot Spinach Artichoke Dip

We’ll start off with an interesting side dish that won’t take you too long to make. It also won’t require much effort either. 

This spinach artichoke dip can be made in just over 1 hour. Serving as a nice accompaniment to your corned beef, the creaminess of this dip is lovely.

To make the dip, pour artichoke hearts, cheese, spinach, sour cream, and a handful of seasonings into your CrockPot. You can then stir the mixture and leave it to cook for an hour.

2. Irish Nachos

We love this Irish nachos recipe for a number of reasons. Firstly, it looks absolutely fantastic. Secondly, it’s loaded with the most amazing array of smooth and crispy textures.

Finally, it is loaded with intense flavors that go beautifully with corned beef.

The main ingredients in this dish are Russet potatoes and bacon. Both ingredients are then mixed together with chives, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and a range of herbs and spices.

The end result is a sweet, spicy, and savory bowl of goodness.

3. Asian Cabbage Salad

Cabbage and corned beef were made for each other. Nobody knows why, but the two just work. This recipe lets us enjoy the combination of cabbage and corned beef in a new way by helping us make a fragrant Asian cabbage salad.

Healthy, vibrant, and full of flavor, this salad is a great light side dish that offers plenty of texture.

Featuring shredded cabbage, onion, green peppers, and a lemon juice dressing, this salad can be easily made when time is of the essence. 

4. Potato Gratin

There’s not that much to say about potato gratin. It’s filling, creamy, super tasty, and quite simple to make. What’s not to like?

This particular recipe shows you how to make a rich, creamy potato gratin that goes nicely with cooked corned beef. A great thing about this side dish is that it can easily feed the whole family. 

5. Deviled Eggs

Next up, we have a classic side dish that goes well with corned beef. Deviled eggs is a wonderfully simple side dish that has been hugely popular for many years, and with good reason. 

They’re extremely delicious, reasonably healthy, and very easy to make. The only skill you require is the ability to boil and shell an egg.

After that, putting the dish together is easy. This recipe combines the eggs with seasonings like paprika to give the eggs a strong flavor.

6. Blanched Green Beans

If you want to keep things nice and healthy, serve your corned beef with some blanched green beans. Blanched green beans are not only healthy and full of nutrients but they are also surprisingly satisfying.

Beautifully crisp every time, this recipe shows you how to saute your green beans in advance so you can use them whenever you need them. In terms of flavor, you can expect a fairly mild starchy taste.

7. Sauerkraut 

For those that don’t know, sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. It might not sound that appetizing, but it does taste pretty great, especially with corned beef. This homemade sauerkraut recipe from Nourished Kitchen is salty and sour.

It can be easily made in your kitchen with just two ingredients. Those ingredients are cabbage and salt. The only downside to this recipe is waiting for the cabbage to ferment.

8. Southern Fried Okra

The next side dish on our list is southern fried okra. If you’ve never tried okra before, you should definitely start with this recipe. Crispy, tender, and packed with goodness, this recipe will help you make the best-fried okra ever. 

The recipe follows a classic Texan style, producing a side dish that offers a nice kick of spice. It will only take you 15 minutes to make this side dish.

9. Roasted Red Potatoes

If you want a potato side dish that’s less filling than the potato gratin recipe we looked at, this roasted red potato recipe from Dinner At The Zoo could be perfect.

These smaller potatoes are higher in moisture and lower in starch. This helps them keep their shape during roasting. To give the potatoes plenty of flavor, make sure you season them with garlic, butter, and parsley. 

Aside from tasting amazing, this side dish is much healthier than potato gratin. 

10. Honey Mustard Sauce

A good sauce can be the difference between a delicious, bold-flavored dinner and a dull, bland dish.

With that in mind, it’s only right that you have a tasty sauce side dish to serve with your corned beef. This honey mustard sauce fits the bill.

This boldly flavored sauce is made using mayo, honey, 2 types of mustard, apple cider vinegar, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and salt.

All you have to do is mix these ingredients together until they reach a smooth sauce-like consistency. 

11. Roasted Cabbage Steaks

A great way to prepare a cabbage side dish to serve with corned beef is to roast it. Seasoning the cabbage and roasting it helps to unlock more flavor and extra texture.

This recipe calls for a seasoning mix of paprika, garlic powder, and salt. 

We found that this mix gives the cabbage a slightly spicy flavor that goes well with corned beef. Taking just 35 minutes to make, you’ll also be pleased to hear that this recipe is 100% vegan-friendly.

12. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes will never let you down. We can turn to mashed potatoes time and time again and they will always deliver. This garlic mashed potatoes recipe from Food Network is one of the best we’ve ever tried.

Smooth, rich, creamy, and very well-flavored, this mashed potatoes recipe is easy to follow and delicious. The creaminess of the mash goes brilliantly with the meatiness of the corned beef.

13. Parmesan Roasted Mashed Potatoes

If the garlic mashed potatoes aren’t quite for you, maybe you’ll enjoy this parmesan roasted mashed potatoes recipe instead. This recipe spices the potatoes up a bit, giving them a delightful crunch thanks to the parmesan-rich breadcrumbs.

Golden-brown in color, the exterior of these mashed potatoes is crispy, whilst the inside is soft and fluffy. The addition of parmesan as well as garlic butter enhances the flavor of the mashed potatoes.

14. Fried Pickles

Next, we have a fried pickles recipe that looks great and tastes even better. This recipe helps you make seriously crunchy, flavorful fried pickles that have been deep-fried.

They might not be the healthiest of side dishes, but they’re definitely one of the tastiest. You only need 7 ingredients and 25 minutes to make a batch of these golden-brown fries.

Personally, we see this side dish as a crowd-pleaser that could be served at a dinner party.

15. Soft Dinner Rolls

Sometimes, the simpler side dishes are the best. This soft dinner roll recipe would definitely suggest that. Trying to top a hot, soft, fluffy, and buttery roll isn’t easy.

Topping a soft dinner roll becomes even harder when you combine it with juicy corned beef.

One of the best things about this side dish is that you can easily reuse or freeze any rolls you don’t use straight away. Then, the next time you need a corned beef side dish, you already have one.

16. Horseradish Sauce

Next, we have another sauce recipe for you. This time, we have a fresh homemade horseradish sauce recipe. Horseradish and corned beef have always been considered a good pairing. 

The strong flavors of the corned beef are well-complemented by the creaminess and softness of the horseradish dip.

The ingredients you need to make this sauce are sour cream, lemon juice, chives, black pepper, and drained horseradish.

17. Glazed Carrots

The final corned beef side dish recipe on this list is a classic glazed carrots recipe. Soft, sweet, and colorful, this dish is a great side dish you can make for the whole family in a pinch.

The main reason you should make this dish is to balance the saltiness and sourness of the corned beef. We find that the sweetness of the carrots does this perfectly.

It will only take you 25 minutes and 6 ingredients to make this side dish.

Can I Serve Cabbage Side Dishes with Corned Beef?

Yes, you can certainly serve cabbage side dishes for dinner when enjoying corned beef. Cabbage complements the flavors of corned beef beautifully, adding crunchiness and a touch of freshness to the meal. Try steamed cabbage, coleslaw, or sautéed cabbage with bacon to create a delicious and balanced plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should You Rinse Corned Beef Before Cooking?

Yes, it is a good idea to rinse your corned beef before cooking. Rinsing the corned beef helps to remove any extra salt.

How Do You Know When Corned Beef Is Cooked?

You can tell when corned beef is cooked by checking its internal temperature. The corned beef will be cooked when its internal temperature reaches 145 °F.

Which Is The Best Cut Of Corned Beef To Buy?

The best cut of beef you can buy is the flat cut. The whole brisket cut is also very popular.

Final Thoughts 

There you have it, 17 side dishes you can serve with corned beef. As you can see from our list, there is a wide range of different dishes we can make.

Admittedly, our list could have gone on and on with more options. However, we firmly believe that this list shows you the best side dishes out there.

Now you’ve made your way through our list, you should have a much better idea of what you can serve with corned beef.

Hopefully, we’ve given you the inspiration you need to cook a tasty side dish. If so, why don’t you give the recipe you like most a try?

17 Side Dishes You Can Serve With Corned Beef

17 Side Dishes You Can Serve With Corned Beef

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